In this Issue
• News from the Chamber
• News from our Members
• Upcoming Events
• Member Spotlight
• Business Articles in the News
• Welcome New Members
• Career Opportunities
Juan Carlos Castillo-
Tierra Floral Design
We would like to
recognize and thank Juan Carlos Castillo, Owner of Tierra Floral Design, for the magnificent flower
arrangements he created for the Third Annual Embassy Celebration Dinner.
News from the Chamber
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Honored at the Third
Annual Embassy Celebration Dinner Series.
Chamber hosted its Third Annual Embassy Celebration Dinner
Series on November 29th at the Washington Convention Center.
This year, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) was honored with the
GWHCC Public Service Award. Special thanks to Events DC for co-hosting the
event and Ogilvy Washington for its sponsorship of the event. We would also
like to recognize keynote speaker Mr. Michael Camuñez, Assistant Secretary
for Market Access and Compliance of the International Trade Administration
for such an impressive speech, and Dinner Chair Mrs. Jane Lee Garcia for
making this event possible.
of the event will be posted on our website.
left to right: Congressman David Rivera (R-FL); Mrs. Jane Lee Garcia,
Dinner Chair and President of Garcia and Associates; Angela Franco,
GWHCC President & CEO; Miguel Ornelas, Senior Vice President of
Commercial Banking at John Marshall Bank and Chairman of GWHCC Board of
Directors; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Mr. Jose Miguel
Insulza, Secretary General of the Organizations of American States (OAS);
H.E. Rigoberto Gauto-Vielman, Ambassador of Paraguay; H.E. Julio Armando
Martini, Ambassador of Guatemala and Mr. Kwame Brown, Chairman of DC
The GWHCC Announces Its New Committee Members
GHWCC would like to welcome its new committee members: Jose Nino, President
of El Niño Group, and Mauricio Vera, Director of the U.S. Agency for
International Development’s (USAID) Office of Small and Disadvantaged
Business Utilization (OSDBU) on the Advisory Board; Silvia Tergas,
Financial Advisor at Financial Advantage Associates as chair of the Membership
Committee; and Jim DeSantis, President of James R. De Santis on the Fundraising
Health Reform and Your Business Seminar
Health Reform and Your Business seminar was held last November 8th
and it gathered more than 30 entrepreneurs in Washington DC. We would like
to thank presenters Chris Culotta, Health Care Reform Portfolio Manager
Christina DeVaughn, Product Specialist Marketing & Product Development
from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Inc. and Guadalupe Pacheco, Senior
Health Advisor at US Department of Health and Human Services for sharing
from our Members and Partners
Hunt Laudi Studio finalist for the National Ideas for the
Washington Monument Grounds Competition
GWHCC would like to congratulate Lucrecia Laudi and Miguel
Angel Maldonaldo from Hunt Laudi Studio, for being the only local company
among the six finalists for the National Ideas for the Washington Monument Grounds
Competition. The company was featured in the Washington Post on
November 25th, and we invite all members and friends to go to their website
huntlaundistudio.com and vote for their innovative
proposal "An Inclined Plane." Click here to read the
Washington Post Article.
Once Again Double R Productions Delivers a Great 2011
Chamber would like to announce that the 2011 Gala Video is now available
for all our members and friends. We would like to thank Double R
Productions for its excellent work shooting and editing the video. Please click here to see the video.
Diversity Business Exchange partnered with The Coalition for
Educational Success to provide minority business with opportunities
30th, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Congressman Jesse
Jackson Jr. (D-IL), and Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) held a press
conference for the Diversity Business Exchange. This unique program will
connect minority-owned and woman-owned businesses with procurement
opportunities provided by Educational Success (Proprietary Career
Colleges). This institution serves more than 350,000 students on 478
campuses in 41 states, and has set aside $1 billion dollars a year for this
program. Chamber member Jimmie Coleman has been named Executive Director
for this important program.
would like to learn more and participate in this program please click here.
Outstanding Job of DEVIS Helping Veterans to Get Back to
Chamber would like to congratulate our member, DEVIS, for its outstanding
work creating the Veterans Job Bank, a widget that searches the internet
for Veteran-friendly employment opportunities. Please click here to see the National Resource Directory website.
Members' and Partners' Events
Articles in the News
Business Saturday Event Draws Cameras, Officials to Ripped-Up Adams Morgan
Huffington Post, November 26, 2011. WASHINGTON -- Federal and local
District of Columbia officials smiled for the cameras on Saturday in
support of an initiative to support small businesses around the nation and
in D.C.'s Adams Morgan, a neighborhood roiled by both the soft economy and
a massive street reconstruction project. Click here to read more.
Security Launches New Spanish Online Services at www.segurosocial.gov
Office Social Security, November 15, 2011. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner
of Social Security, announced that the agency’s most popular online
services, the applications for retirement and Medicare and for Extra Help
with Medicare prescription drug costs, are now available in Spanish.
The new online services are available at www.segurosocial.gov,
the robust Spanish version of Social Security’s award winning website, www.socialsecurity.gov.
Click here to read more.
Your Small Business Should Hangout on Google+
November 29, 2011. In a recent interview with Brian Solis, a principal analyst
at research firm, Altimeter Group and author of The End of Business As
Usual, he told me about why Google+ is already a useful tool for
businesses, even though a critical mass of Americans hasn't necessarily
glommed on yet. Click here to read more.
Common Mistakes that Kill a Sale
November 29, 2011. Communications coach Carmine Gallo shares tips for
avoiding the common blunders entrepreneurs make when pitching their product
or service. Click here to read more.
Hot Startup Sectors for New Business Ideas in 2012
November 29, 2011. In his inauguration speech, President Obama paid homage
to entrepreneurs. The path to greatness, he rhapsodized, has been paved by
"the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things--some celebrated but
more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the
long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom." Click here to read more.
New Business of the Month
Odiveo is a new startup
advertising company turning business listings and classifieds into videos.
It is also making it easy for non-profit organizations and charities to get
found and noticed by telling their stories in a video format to the
community. Contact Odiveo at firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.odiveo.com/ p: 202-412-3831, Wheaton, MD 20902.
to our New Members!
Stratford/Tom Stratford--Edible Arrangements
Dowdy--Transformative Wealth Solutions
Hitt--Long and Foster Realtors
Anguita--Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Corro--Linder & Associates, Inc.
Aponte--Bluestone Law, Ltd.
Geny Morgano - Pan American Bakery & Grill
Degregori--Bravo Consulting Group, LLC
Briceno--Bixal Solutions, Inc.
Ayala--Ayala and Associates
Casta--Cascades Technologies, Inc.
Kim Ruiz--SC&H Group, Inc.
Juan Carlos Castillo--Tierra Floral Design, Ltd.
more information on membership, please contact Julia Hobbes at (202)
728-0352 or email@example.com